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3 Important Things to Know About Radon Testing For Schools

Chances are you have heard about radon–an invisible, odorless, radioactive gas. What you may not know is that it is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the country. Given the serious health hazards associated with radon exposure, radon testing is highly recommended for anyone who owns or occupies a building. In some cases–such as testing in school districts in certain states–it is mandatory.

Radon can be found in any building, in any state, at any time. Luckily, it also can be easily managed by installing a radon mitigation system. First, however, you need to know what your school’s level of exposure is and what manner of action you need to take to protect the occupants of your building. Here are a few key things to know about radon testing in your school district.

Regular testing is important

Radon readings can fluctuate over time–they can even change through seasonal variations in weather or when a structure has been altered. It’s a good idea to perform radon testing regularly to ensure your levels stay below the EPA recommended limits.

To conduct testing, contact a licensed professional. School districts in certain states–including Oregon, Illinois and New Jersey– require testing every 5-10 years. G2 Consultants provides professional radon testing and laboratory services. We also offer documentation that can prove useful in radon mitigation efforts.

A reading of 4 pCi/L or higher requires action

While there is no known “safe” level of radon exposure, the EPA recommends corrective action be taken for readings above 4 pCi/L. If your building has a reading between 2 pCi/L and 4 pCi/L, the EPA recommends considering a radon mitigation solution.

Deadlines are approaching for school district radon testing requirements

If your school district requires mandatory radon testing, keep up-to-date on when your deadline for testing is approaching. Most notably, the Oregon Health Authority is requiring the completion of radon testing for all Oregon schools before January 1, 2021.

Need to complete your testing requirements? There’s still time! Our team of NRPP certified radon consultants and Certified Industrial Hygienists have a depth of radon testing experience. We have also worked extensively with school districts, and have created a fantastic outline for radon testing to support their unique needs.

Get in touch with our team today to learn how we can help with radon testing for your school district.

About the author: Noal Kraft
Noal is the Vice President of Operations at DKI/G2 Consultants Inc. With over 27 years of professional experience in the Industrial Hygiene and Health and Safety industry. He has worked on thousands of projects throughout the U.S.